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  • Work/life Balance
    through and handled with care if it is not to become a problem Below is a summary of the findings I am sure you will be able to think of instances where goal setting has been counter productive in your own experience and or when looking Read More Posted In Coaching Leadership Setting goals Time Management Work Life Balance The Happiness Formula 22nd Dec 2014 Over the past couple of decades a whole new branch of psychology has evolved called positive psychology Academics around the world have started to study the positive side of human life looking into topics such as optimism resilience flow strengths emotional intelligence and happiness The research into happiness although still in its infancy suggests that Read More Posted In Belief change Emotional intelligence Work Life Balance StephensStory 20th May 2014 The young man who lived StephensStory We have recently run a number of short in house bespoke workshops and one to one coaching sessions around the themes of personal effectiveness and work life balance Topics have included resilience challenging limiting beliefs mindfulness prioritization taking ownership of your career and presenting yourself with impact These are all themes Read More Posted In Emotional intelligence Work Life Balance Time and Personal Management Eat that Frog 2nd Feb 2014 Time and Personal Management Eat that Frog Three o clock is always too late and too early for anything you want to do Jean Paul Satre Why do we procrastinate Procrastination flourishes when we believe there is some spare time in the future however imaginary and something more pleasurable to do now however unimportant Read More Posted In Setting goals Time Management Work Life Balance Put your goals in the positive 10th Jan 2014 For many years we have been telling clients to make sure any goal is expressed

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  • The Happiness Formula?
    couple of decades a whole new branch of psychology has evolved called positive psychology Academics around the world have started to study the positive side of human life looking into topics such as optimism resilience flow strengths emotional intelligence and happiness The research into happiness although still in its infancy suggests that genetics circumstance and what you do all play a part Roughly in the proportions shown in the above pie chart We clearly have most control over what we do and how we react to circumstances In our last blog we talked about our holiday in Ethiopia Whilst we were there it struck me how happy the majority of people were despite having few material possessions We saw people in markets who remained happy while sitting in the sun all day to sell a bag of the local grain Tef We saw g roups of children happily walking to school When we asked them how long they had already walked they told us that they had been walking for an hour and they had another hour to go We visited a farmer and his wife who had a simple three room stone house with no running water no electricity virtually no furniture and few clothes but who welcomed us without prior arrangement into their home happily showed us around answered our questions and offered us sweetcorn that they quickly roasted on the fire They had a plot of land to grow corn a few cows a few goats and a few chickens that was it but they were self sufficient in good health parents to 6 children and happy with life We may think material possessions will make us happier but from what I saw in Ethiopia that is not the necessarily true Research agrees and suggests that happiness

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  • Ethiopia and the art of thinking clearly
    Jot down the answers to the questions now 1 Where is Ethiopia 2 Describe the landscape of Ethiopia 3 Should you be worried about the Ebola outbreak when travelling to Ethiopia 4 What is the population of Ethiopia 5 How easy is it for you to change your opinion on something Question 1 Where is Ethiopia This was an easy one wasn t it Ethiopia is in Africa Dobelli describes what he calls chauffeur knowledge which is the knowledge a chauffeur or taxi driver picks up from their passengers It is knowledge but not very deep However as long as nobody asks a follow up question you can usually get away with it So here s the follow up question Can you place Ethiopia accurately on a map Does your use of chauffeur knowledge ever get you into trouble Question 2 Describe the landscape of Ethiopia Most people we have met are convinced that the landscape is harsh brown dusty barren and flat Dobelli argues that one of the most important biases that interfere with our ability to think clearly is the availability bias The one piece of information that many people have available about Ethiopia is that it had a dreadful famine in 1984 that prompted Band Aid It is 30 years since then and all the old images are being shown again as a new Band Aid single is being released There are parts of Ethiopia that are dry and barren but the majority of the country especially at this time of year after the rainy season is remarkably green The food is plentiful and good too The rainfall may fail on average 1 year in 10 and the famine of 1984 was largely caused by the inability of the corrupt and inefficient communist government at that time to distribute food stocks The country is also in places very mountainous especially in the North as you can see in the picture above One of our hotels was at 3200m The country is also rich in history and has numerous world heritage sites How often do you make decisions on assumptions based on what you know rather than getting a wide range of inputs Question 3 Should you be worried about the Ebola outbreak when travelling to Ethiopia Prior to departing many people asked us whether we had cancelled our holiday and whether we were worried about Ebola The current narrative on Africa is the emotional scenes of Ebola victims in Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia This causes what Dobelli calls the story bias Because of the strong emotions stirred by a story we put more emphasis on it than we should if we based our thinking purely on the facts Ethiopia has had no Ebola cases unlike the UK USA and Spain You may be surprised to find that Google Maps shows the distance from London England to Freetown Liberia at the heart of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as 4487 miles and from Addis Ababa the

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  • #StephensStory
    resilience challenging limiting beliefs mindfulness prioritization taking ownership of your career and presenting yourself with impact These are all themes that abound in the inspirational story of Stephen Sutton the young man who raised over 3 75 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust and who sadly died last week aged 19 If you type in StephensStory to any search engine or social media tool you will see the remarkable things that Stephen achieved over the past few years and his unceasing desire to motivate all of us in personal effectiveness and work life balance Resilience Stephen demonstrated amazing resilience Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 15 he went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy whilst continuing to attend school as often as possible work on his bucket list of things to achieve and raise money for charity He said Bad things happen but it is the way you choose to react to them that is important Adding I may have cancer but cancer doesn t have me Do you choose how you react to situations Stephen was always positive optimistic smiling and hopeful He declared A positive outlook leads to positive outcomes a sentiment that is backed up by research on resilience which shows that there is a link between an optimistic outlook and resilience How resilient are you Challenging Limiting Beliefs Stephen challenged the belief that life is about the number of years lived and replaced it with his own belief saying I don t measure life in terms of time any more I d rather measure life in terms of making a difference What beliefs do you have that may limit you What may be more useful beliefs Mindfulness Mindfulness is about staying in the moment rather than worrying about what has gone before or what is coming up Stephen presented the following scenario to a group of finance professionals Imagine that someone put 86 400 into your bank account this morning and said you had to spend it you can t save it and what is left at the end of the day you will never have access to again Wouldn t you do your utmost to spend it Why then he argued don t we make the most of the 86 400 seconds we have in a day Prioritization Stephen realised he only had a limited amount of time to live and said that the initial cancer diagnosis was a kick up the backside and a reminder that life is for living This realisation ensured he prioritised first his bucket list of activities and latterly his charity work Are you prioritising the important stuff or will it take a kick up the backside Taking Ownership Of Your Career Stephen was a gifted student and was on track to take a degree in medicine He realised this wasn t going to happen and instead focused on what he could achieve saying I don t want to be remembered as someone who didn t

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  • Leadership and Management Development Blog - Part 3
    skills Presenting Yourself With Impact Selling Skills Leadership Development Coaching 4th Mar 2013 So what is Leadership Development Coaching Much of the coaching we provide is to managers and leaders in mid to large size organisations They have often risen through the ranks and have typically 10 years experience However by the time they are in a senior position they have often only had a few days piecemeal Read More Posted In Coaching Leadership Executive Coaching Are you equipped to have challenging conversations with staff 18th Feb 2013 Training and feedback should be at the heart of any good performance management strategy Yet research suggests that employees are not getting useful or regular feedback from their leaders Last year the Cornerstone OnDemand Survey conducted in the US found that 60 of employees haven t had useful feedback from their bosses for six months A Read More Posted In Communication skills Interpersonal skills Happiness and Work Life Balance 14th Jan 2013 Wishing people more happiness seems to rub off on everyone doesn t it whether it is Happy Birthday Happy Anniversary Happy Christmas Happy New Year etc But what if we could be happier all year around The latest neuroscience research has found that activation of part of the brain called the left prefrontal cortex correlates with reported Read More Posted In Interpersonal skills Work Life Balance Gorillas in the Mist 5th Dec 2012 As some of you know we recently enjoyed a fantastic trip to Rwanda This included two days tracking mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park where Diane Fosse did her pioneering research which was the inspiration for the film Gorillas in the Mist The trek to reach the gorillas started at 7am when we assembled Read More Posted In Emotional intelligence Can I use Insights Discovery in Recruitment 15th Oct 2012 Using the Insights Discovery System for Selection and Recruitment One of the questions that we are often asked is can I use Insights Discovery in recruitment Our answer is always yes but with great care It is important to recognise that degrees of skill or interests are not identifiable merely from the Insights Discovery personal Read More Posted In Insights Discovery Bunch of Tweets Amygdala hijacks feed Twitter 12th Oct 2012 Ashley Cole s angry tweet directed at the Football Association is one of many examples when a high profile figure has used Twitter to lash out He s not the first sports star to use Twitter in this way think Kevin Pieterson Rio Ferdinand and Joey Barton Cole s attack came after his evidence was criticised in Read More Posted In Emotional intelligence Myers Briggs For Recruitment 16th Sep 2012 One of the most common requests we get is from organisations wanting to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator for recruitment and recruiting The Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI is a personality profiling tool that looks at preferences on four dimensions of personality MBTI is great for developing individuals and teams because it helps raise

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  • Leadership and Management Development Blog - Part 4
    Bradley Wiggins the Chimp and responsibility You no doubt anticipated ablog post on Bradley Wiggins success in being the first Briton to win the Tour de France Almost as soon as Wiggins win was secure someone said to me I bet that will be your next blog I must admit initially I wasn t sold on the idea as it seemed to Read More Posted In Belief change Coaching Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad Presenting Yourself With Impact 25th Jun 2012 As you are probably aware presenting yourself with impact is one of our areas of specialisation We were therefore intrigued by the latest offerings from the Royal Shakespeare Company in which overseas theatre companies produce their own versions of Shakespeare s plays in their own languages as part of the Cultural Olympiad The most successful so Read More Posted In Emotional intelligence Presenting Yourself With Impact soft skills Stuck Tube Train Do you create heat or light 25th May 2012 Did you see the tube train stuck in the tunnel on the hottest day of the year so far it took upto 3 5 hours for passengers to get out Heat is often uncomfortable isn t it And light often welcoming Do you direct your energy to creating heat or light Leadership and management requires heat Read More Posted In Leadership Leadership Executive Coaching Deluded Managers need self awareness and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator 22nd May 2012 Mind the leadership reality gap with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator According to the latest Employee Outlook survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD while managers believe they are outstanding leaders their employers thinks something quite different Some 72 of employers report a lack of leadership and management skills within their business How Read More Posted In Myers Briggs Bid Presentation Training 8th May 2012 Have you thought about bid presentation training Most large tenders and bids require the bidder to present to the client In a very defined time period bidders have to present a bid that may have taken months to compile Our experience is that often the presentation is an afterthought after the hectic submission of bid documents Read More Posted In Presenting Yourself With Impact Myers Briggs for NHS Teams Team Development 22nd Apr 2012 Many NHS trusts are increasingly interested in raising performance through improving the way teams within the organisation perform and work together The Myers Briggs Type Indicator we have found is a great way to bring teams together as it highlights in a very non judgemental way how different personalities interact in a work environment We have worked Read More Posted In Myers Briggs Team development Uncategorized The House of Change The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 28th Mar 2012 The House of Change The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel If you re a regular reader of our monthly tips you ll know that we love to draw learning from every day events and experiences holidays hobbies books films etc This month

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  • Leadership and Management Development Blog - Part 5
    improving the way all staff work together The Myers Briggs Type Indicator we have found is a great way to bring teams together as it highlights in a very non judgemental way how different personalities interact in a work environment In a team day or half day we Read More Posted In Team development Results Versus Excuses 17th Feb 2012 Results Versus Excuses Have you set goals If you have what will stop you achieving those goals If these have been properly set up and that was dealt with in a previous tip then I m going to be controversial and suggest that the key thing stopping you is yourself I m sure we re all familiar with the Read More Posted In Coaching Leadership Setting goals Making Your Own Luck 19th Jan 2012 Lucky I read this I was recently recommended a book on luck The Luck Factor by Robert Wiseman I must admit I was sceptical as I ve always believed that you made your own luck and that waiting for luck to happen was no strategy for success It turns out that Robert Wiseman who is Read More Posted In Belief change Emotional intelligence Leadership Selling Skills Setting goals Achieving Change by Creating Well Formed Outcomes 17th Jan 2012 How do we best set goals well formed outcomes to enable change to happen in our personal and business lives Research has shown that well formed outcomes are best created by asking a series of questions that clarify the goal The basic questions are What do you want and How will you know when you have got it Read More Posted In Change management Leadership NLP for business Setting goals Contagion at Work 16th Dec 2011 Contagion isn t a word that I typically use in my day to day vocabulary Yet in the past two months as the Euro Crisis has evolved from a local difficulty on the extremities of Europe to a full blown crisis at its very heart Contagion seems to be THE word on all the financial commentators lips Read More Posted In Belief change Change management Emotional intelligence Leadership Actuality Capability Potentiality 19th Oct 2011 Do you accept actuality What is your capability Think what it will be like to reach your potentiality Stafford Beer in his book Brain of the Firm outlines his definitions of the three terms Actuality What we are managing to do now with existing resources under existing constraints Capability This is what we could be Read More Posted In Belief change Change management Coaching Leadership How to Unstick a Mind Even Your Own By Tom Hoobyar 27th May 2011 Ever hear a friend associate or employee say I can t do it or It can t be done Actually there are many variations on that statement all meaning No way Ever been tempted to argue Or contradict the statement with Of course you can do it all you ve gotta do is TRY Didn t work out too

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  • Leadership and Management Development Blog - Part 9
    Personality Profiling Making Change Happen Work Life Balance In House Programmes and Coaching Recruitment and Selection Resources Presenting Yourself With Impact at Work The Book Books And Resources Meet Us What People Say Contact Us Iridium Blog Hog Hollow Excellence Innate or developed 17th Jun 2009 Is Leadership innate or developed a case study from our recent visit to South Africa Read More Posted In Leadership Talent management Latest CIPD research on trends in Talent Management 30th Apr 2009 The latest CIPD report on trends in talent management in the UK makes interesting reading It reports a number of surprising positives including 1 Organisations are focussing more of the time engaging motivating retaining and fully using the skills of their existing workforce 2 Uncertain times for the most part have led to more Read More Posted In Leadership Are you asking enough powerful questions Have you noticed that sometimes we are so keen to help people that when they make a statement or ask us a question we always try to provide an answer Perhaps at times we don t know enough about the stuation but we answer anyway Perhaps they just need some space to work the answer out Read More Posted In Belief change Communication skills Interpersonal skills Presenting Yourself With Impact Setting goals Common Sense Leadership 31st Mar 2009 This month s tip was inspired by a meeting with an ex colleague of mine who has survived several economic downturns numerous reorganisations and tens of bosses over a 22 year period in a large multinational organisation I asked him how he did it and he said to him it was just common sense Here are Read More Posted In Leadership Preventing an amygdala hijack 9th Mar 2009 Preventing an amygdala hijack How come we sometimes see out

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